What is Sentinel-2?
The Sentinel-2 mission is a land monitoring constellation of two satellites that will provide high resolution optical imagery and provide continuity for the current SPOT and Landsat missions.
The mission will provide a global coverage of the Earth's land surface every 10 days with one satellite and 5 days with 2 satellites, making the data of great use in on-going studies.
The satellites will be equipped with the state-of-the-art MSI (Multispectral Imager) instrument, that offers high-resolution optical imagery.
23 April 2015
The latest satellite for the European Commission's environmental Copernicus programme has arrived safe and sound in French Guiana for launch on 11 June. Carrying a multispectral imager, Sentinel-2A is set to give us a new perspective of our land and vegetation.
15 April 2015
In its fifth year, the Copernicus Masters competition is open again. Ideas for services, business concepts and applications based on satellite Earth observation data are now being accepted.
Planned launch date:
Sentinel-2A - April 2015
Operational lifespan: 7.25 years (with consumables for 12)
Orbit Height: 786 km
Resolution and Swath Width: 290 km - 10 m, 20 m and 60 m spatial resolution
Vega rocket (Sentinel-2A)
Ad interim operator: ESA
Astrium Germany has been prime contracted to construct the Sentinel-2 satellite and leads a consortium with core partners:
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